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Columbia Booney
I like the mesh sided Columbia Booney better than baseball style runners hats. No sun gets into the corners of your eyes. It's 4" brim provides so much shade it feels 5 degrees cooler th...

In GEAR » a good sun hat?
February 05, 6:35pm

Dynema Ripstop
I personally think the ripstop looks WAY cooler - but I have a non-ripstop ”packcloth” pack from the 1970's with no rips and only a few small spots of wear through where there was something...

In Editor's Roundtable » Cottage Stagnation and Recent Gems
January 02, 5:32pm

Dueter packs
My family tried on several packs at REI. My wife and kids strongly preferred the comfort of the Deuter (Act Lite) over the Osprey and Sierra Designs. I was neutral between the Deuter and Osprey, b...

In GEAR » Need input on choosing a new pack
January 02, 11:03am

Adjustable Torso
I like adjustable torso packs, since it allows me to fine tune the adjustment to account for different clothing in different seasons (ie: T-shirt only vs fleece + rain shell). However, I ONLY ...

In GEAR » Fixed Torso vs. Adjustable Torso
December 30, 6:25pm

Packs for Kids
I had a very hard time finding a pack to fit my son when he was about 10 years old and ready to carry all his stuff except tent and food. The biggest issue was finding a pack with a hip belt tha...

In GEAR » Kids BackPack recommendations
December 22, 4:39pm

Fire starting
I've heard that pregrating the MG causes it to oxidize and become less easy to light, and produce a smaller amount of flame once it lights. I've also heard that powdered magnesium oxidizes...

In GEAR » Help with a Mg firestarter
August 26, 4:58pm

Beginner UL
I'd get an REI Flash 50. I think 50L is the perfect "transitioning from traditional to UL backpacking" pack - since it forces you to bring less (much less if you were a bring 2 sets ...

In GEAR » Beginning UL'er, too early for a pack purchase?
August 26, 4:49pm

3 season bag
My experience is that the down bags are pretty close to their rated temps. BUT, the rating is based on sleeping in a base layer top, bottom, socks, and a knit hat. So, I'm comfy at 20 degrees...

In GEAR » Is a 15 degree bag too warm for me?
August 22, 5:58pm

Re: Re: light food
Monty (or anyone else), Did you get Freezer Bag Cooking to work with the Lipton Alfredo or Rice ? I always get noodles and rice that are still a tiny bit crunchy, and alfredo sauce that won't...

In GEAR » Light Food
August 15, 12:37pm

Kelty Noah Tarp
I have the Noah 10x12 tarp. There are tie-outs mid-way along the sides on that size. It's main problem is that it's strongly cat-cut - and designed to be pitched on a diagonal (like the &...

In GEAR » Budget Tarping: Kelty Noah's Tarp 9x9
August 15, 6:48am

All Reader Reviews by John Gilbert

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Wenger Esquire
I was looking for something a little bigger than my Victorinox Classic (2.25") knife. The Wenger Esquire has essentially the same tools, but is 1/3 of an inch longer, about 3/32" wider and ...

In Miscellaneous Products
March 07, 7:05pm